The Shinshin program was on hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic, but will resume in 2021-22. We look forward to welcoming our new shinshin, Tomer Ben-Yaish, to our community.
Tomer was born and raised in Hadera, which is close to the Mediterranean Sea, halfway between Tel Aviv and Haifa. Tomer has been a counsellor in and an active member of the Tzofim, (the Scouts), since grade 8. He loves music, watching and playing basketball, going to the beach, hanging out with friends and playing his guitar, bass guitar and the piano. Tomer made a short video introducing himself; you can watch it here.
Tomer will work with our Torah School students each week. We hope that the larger Temple community will also get to know him. Contact Rabbi Greenspan if you want to invite Tomer for dinner or a coffee.
Temple is participating in the Shinshinim program for the sixth year in 2021-22. The first Shinshinim arrived in Montreal in 2015. This year, six Israeli teens will spend the year in between high school graduation and their service in the Israeli Army, (the IDF), volunteering at more than 26 organizations and programs across the Montreal Jewish community, strengthening the relationship between Montreal and Israel. These outstanding young people undergo a rigorous selection process; our Shinshinim are always interesting, talented and open to experiencing life in Montreal. The Shinshinim live with host families while serving our community. If you might be interested in hosting a Shinshin, contact Rabbi Greenspan for more information.